WELCOME TO SAINT ANDREW’S

welcome to Saint Andrews
At St. Andrew’s, we welcome everyone who seeks to experience God (in some way) – and we respect the dignity of every human being. Whether you are a year-round Islander, a summer resident or guest, or a first-time visitor, we very much hope you enjoy your time with us. Come as you are, come be who you are, and see!
tiffany window OVER 100 YEARS OF HISTORY
St. Andrew’s began in 1895 as an Episcopal mission, and by 1910 the church building was consecrated. It features Tiffany stained-glass windows and a pulpit the shape of a dory.
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We are located on the beautiful Island of Martha’s Vineyard. If that’s not reason enough to make it out here, learn more about our endearing Episcopal church.
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St. Andrew’s is an episcopal Church, part of the world-wide Anglican Communion, and a member of the Episcopal Diocese of Massachusetts.
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contact CONTACT US
Church Office: 1-508-627-5330 Rector’s e-mail: fatherchip@standrewsmv.org Office e-mail: office@standrewsmv.org Office Fax: 1-508-627-4318
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RECTOR’S MESSAGE

Greetings, friend! And welcome to our website…we’re so glad you found us! It’s a little hard to describe all the things that are happening here at St. Andrew’s, but I have to say this: Great things are definitely happening, and it’s exciting. Really.  For those who’ve wondered about church these days, this might be a good church to try. I believe all of us have a hunger and thirst inside that can’t be satisfied by food and water. It’s our spiritual side, and life becomes wonderful when we pay attention to it and explore it. The trick is to find a space that can help us nurture our spiritual lives and grow in a safe and welcoming environment.  Some churches are better than others at providing that sort of environment. Those that succeed work for success. We at St. Andrew’s have joyfully undertaken that work.  If you are seeking a place that is renewing itself, we might be just the right fit for you. And if you have a family, this might be a great fit for them, too. A good church can be a wonderful help and lift in life—and in ways that might surprise us.>> read more
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Lots of things happening! 

 

SEPTEMBER’S ALMOST HERE—AND SO IS OUR NEW SUNDAY SCHOOL!Our new and improved Sunday School BEGINS ON SEPTEMBER 13 AT 10:00 AM. Please bring the kiddoes (age 4-10) over to the Parish House a few minutes before worship, and make it a life-giving, formative habit for your young’uns! And, for kids under the age of 4, our Nursery will be open and staffed each week.   Have parent friends who might like to try it out? Ask them to join you and see for themselves!

 

GREAT NEWS!  WE’VE HIRED A NEW SUNDAY SCHOOL DIRECTOR!  And she’s a ringer!  WE WELCOME SARA PIAZZA, popular island musician and teacher, to our staff, beginning in September.  (ANYONE WHO CAN HELP DEFRAY THE NEW, UNANTICIPATED BUDGET COST FOR THE NEW HIRE WOULD BE AN ANGEL BY HELPING US OUT WITH THAT!  Please make any checks payable to St Andrew’s Church and write “Sunday School” in the memo line.)

 

ISLAND-WIDE YOUTH GROUP STARTS SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 13! Now beginning its second year, The Net, an ecumenical, Christian faith-based youth group, will start on Sunday, September 13 and will meet weekly from 5:30 until 7:00 pm. Open to middle- and high-school students, this year promises to be even better than the last, with mission and ski trips, outreach and service trips and programs, and even pizza and bowling, among the planned activities! Know any middle or high school students looking for a cool gang to hang with and have some fun? Let them know! THE NET WILL MEET AT ST ANDREW’S CHURCH FROM SEPTEMBER THROUGH NOVEMBER, and then at the First Congregational Church of West Tisbury (December through February), and finish at the Trinity United Methodist Church in Oak Bluffs (March through May).

 

SAVE THE DATE!  SEPTEMBER 20, 2015!  That’s the date that Lia Kahler, internationally renowned mezzo-soprano opera singer and Island resident, will be performing a fundraiser concert at the Whaling Church to help raise critically-needed funds for two important causes:  The Island Clergy Association’s Emergency Fund for the Homeless, and for Island Veterans.  In addition to the smashing concert, there will be a Silent Auction. Stay tuned for further details over the summer, but do save the date!

 

GOD IS REVEALED IN SCRIPTURE—and you can experience incredible grace by joining us Tuesday mornings for our 8:22 am Bible Study!  Go ahead—give it a try—it’s painless and joyful!  We’re over in the Parish House.

 

WHAT ARE EPISCOPAL CHURCHES ALL ABOUT?   From the Episcopal Church USA website:  “We recognize with gratitude that the Five Marks of Mission, developed by the Anglican Consultative Council between 1984 and 1990, have won wide acceptance among Anglicans, and have given parishes and dioceses around the world a practical and memorable ‘checklist’ for mission activities”:

The Five Marks of Mission

The Mission of the Church Is the Mission of Christ

†     To proclaim the Good News of the Kingdom;

†     To teach, baptize and nurture new believers;

†     To respond to human need by loving service;

†     To seek to transform unjust structures of society, to challenge violence of every kind and to pursue peace and reconciliation; and

†     To strive to safeguard the integrity of creation and sustain and renew the life of the earth

 

               

 

 

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  “The Vision of St Andrew’s Church is to make God present in our families, our neighborhood, our town, the Island of Martha’s Vineyard, and in the world.” 

  

                  Our Vestry

 

Wardens:       Bonnie Deitz and Chris White

Treasurer:       Wesley Brown

Parish Clerk:   Sandy Mott

Members at Large:  

Claudia Metell, Pam Monterosso, Caroline Evans, Susan Weibel, Hans von Steiger and Carl Malmquist